The Question at the Crossing Numbers 32:1-24 (NIV)

The Question at the Crossing
Numbers 32:1-24 (NIV)
1 The Reubenites and Gadites, who had very large
herds and flocks, saw that the lands of Jazer and
Gilead were suitable for livestock.
2 So they came to Moses and Eleazar the priest and to
the leaders of the community, and said,
3 “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh,
Sebam, Nebo and Beon—
4 the land the Lord subdued before the people of
Israel—are suitable for livestock, and your servants
have livestock.
5 If we have found favor in your eyes,” they said, “let this
land be given to your servants as our possession. Do
not make us cross the Jordan.”
6 Moses said to the Gadites and Reubenites, “Should
your fellow Israelites go to war while you sit here?
7 Why do you discourage the Israelites from crossing
over into the land the Lord has given them?
8 This is what your fathers did when I sent them from
Kadesh Barnea to look over the land.
9 After they went up to the Valley of Eshkol and viewed
the land, they discouraged the Israelites from entering
the land the Lord had given them.
10 The Lord’s anger was aroused that day and he swore
this oath:
11 ‘Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly,
not one of those who were twenty years old or more
when they came up out of Egypt will see the land I
promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—
12 not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite
and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the Lord
wholeheartedly.’
13 The Lord’s anger burned against Israel and he made
them wander in the wilderness forty years, until the
whole generation of those who had done evil in his
sight was gone.
14 “And here you are, a brood of sinners, standing in the
place of your fathers and making the Lord even more
angry with Israel.
15 If you turn away from following him, he will again leave
all this people in the wilderness, and you will be the
cause of their destruction.”
16 Then they came up to him and said, “We would like
to build pens here for our livestock and cities for our
women and children.
17 But we will arm ourselves for battle and go ahead
of the Israelites until we have brought them to their
place. Meanwhile our women and children will live in
fortified cities, for protection from the inhabitants of
the land.
18 We will not return to our homes until each of the
Israelites has received their inheritance.
19 We will not receive any inheritance with them on the
other side of the Jordan, because our inheritance has
come to us on the east side of the Jordan.”
20 Then Moses said to them, “If you will do this—if you will
arm yourselves before the Lord for battle
21 and if all of you who are armed cross over the Jordan
before the Lord until he has driven his enemies out
before him—
22 then when the land is subdued before the Lord, you
may return and be free from your obligation to the
Lord and to Israel. And this land will be your possession
before the Lord.
23 “But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the
Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you
out.
24 Build cities for your women and children, and pens for
your flocks, but do what you have promised.
Deuteronomy 33:2 (NKJV) – And he said: “The
Lord came from Sinai, and dawned on them
from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And
He came with ten thousands of saints; From His
right hand Came a fiery law for them.
Proverbs 3:16 (NIV) – Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV) – The heart of the wise
inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to
the left.
The ancient world held wealth in ____________
The First Question at the
Crossing:
o ____________ am I going?
o My d____________ reveals my d____________
o W____________ support w____________
The Second Question at the
Crossing:
o ____________ are my companions?
o “If you want to travel fast, go ____________.
o If you want to travel far, go as a ____________.
The Third Question at the
Crossing:
o ____________ am I looking out for?
? My o____________
? My o____________
• P____________
• P____________
• P____________

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